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Loomis Norton Fellow Profiled in Hartford Courant

Senior Louisa Gao was featured in a recent Hartford Courant article about a photography project she spearheaded this fall for the clients of Caring Connection, the Town of Windsor's day program for senior citizens.

As a 2017 recipient of a Norton Fellowship from Loomis' Norton Family Center for the Common Good, Louisa completed a similar community-focused project in her hometown of Beijing, China, last summer. The Norton Fellows are charged with finding a way to modify their summer projects to include members of the school and local communities when they return to Loomis in the fall.

Students in Loomis' Community Service Program and clients of Caring Connection have enjoyed intergenerational programs together for a long time, and Louisa seized the opportunity to create photo gifts and a photo exhibit for the Caring Connection in honor of its 30th anniversary.

With direction from Heather Henderson, the school's director of Community Service Programs; Ginny DeConinck, a faculty chaperone; and Cheryl Rosenbaum, Caring Connection's coordinator; Louisa enlisted the help of fellow senior Alfred Sze to take photos and present them as keepsakes to the seniors involved in the project.

In February 2018, an exhibit of the photos will be on display in the Richmond Art Center on campus.

Read the Hartford Courant article from November 28, 2017. Connect to the Norton Family Center for the Common Good page of the school website. Learn more about all of the Norton Fellowship projects in the Winter 2018 issue of Loomis Chaffee Magazine, due out in January.